This country is called Karlungkutji (Norton Bore). It lies approximately 30km south of Warmun. Norton Bore is senior Warmun artist Shirley Purdie’s country, where Gabriel Nodea currently lives.
Purdie is Nodea’s ’mum cousin’. Gabriel explains, ’This is a rock at Norton Bore; it is domed on the top. When you rub it, it brings kangaroos.’ The kangaroo depicted in the centre of this work has been painted with the blood of a kangaroo.
This work is from a series of nine paintings Nodea created in response to a dream he had. This shows several parts of the series. At the top is ’Warramann Warraninj - Turkey Creek - Eagle Dreaming’ Nodea says. This is a Ngarrangkarni (dreaming) site in the hills behind Warmun Community. Below this are the half-kangaroo images from the Gurirr Gurirr dreamt by Rover Thomas and brought to life in performance originally by elders such as Paddy Jaminji. At the very bottom is ’Kalapunj - Long Spear Dreaming - Turkey Hill.’ This site is close to Warmun on Nodea’s traditional country.
In the Ngarrangkarni (Dreaming) people had a trading relationship with their seaside countrymen. Gija people would exchange spears they had made for seashells from the saltwater country. The barter would take place at this spot. At one such time two men were fighting over their trading and one of the men was killed. All the trading stopped and all the spears were dropped at this place on what is now called Texas Downs Station.
Nodea painted the series for the first time in 2006 as nine separate images. He is and is now translating the same work into individual pieces on a larger scale, each incorporating several elements from the original series.
This painting is from a series of nine paintings Nodea’s created in response to a dream he had. This is number four in the series and is called ‘Warraman Warraninj – Turkey Creek Eagle Dreaming’. It is a Ngarrangkarni site close to Warmun Community.
This print is from a series of nine paintings Gabriel Nodea created in response to a dream he had.
This is No 4 in the series and is called ’Warrman Warraninj - Turkey Creek Eagle Dreaming’.
It is a Ngarrangkarni (Dreaming) site close to Warmun Community.